Jan. 19, 2020
For the second consecutive season Biola women’s basketball’s stud center, Adijat Adams, is a NAIA All-American. Adams was named to the All-American second team on Wednesday after a stellar senior season.
This honor gets tacked onto her NAIA All-American third team recognition from last season and WBCA All-American recognition that came earlier this month.
“I am grateful and happy to get All-American second team,” said Adams. “It is another award for me to add to my resume as I look to continue to play overseas. I am honored, and it is an awesome experience to see my hard work pay off.”
Adams has come a long way in her four years as an Eagle, going from averaging just eight minutes a game as a freshman to becoming one of the premier players in nation over her final three seasons.
The 6-foot-2-inch center eclipsed 1,500 career points this season on her way to a 16.4 points per game average and .508 shooting percentage. She had an impressive 21 double-doubles during the 2013-14 campaign on her way to an average output of 10.7 rebounds per game, a new career-high.
“I never gave up on myself. Even when I was not starting, it was hard, but the group of seniors on that team told me how talented I was and that it just was not my time,” said Adams. “I had to continue to play hard and play my game, and that is what coach B loved. She loved my hard work and aggressiveness.”
Adams’ statistics not only led the Eagles and made her the go-to option on the offensive end of the court for Dr. Bethany Miller, but they led the GSAC and in some categories put her in very good company at the top of the NAIA.
Biola’s senior big was fifth in the conference in scoring, second in rebounding, fifth in shooting percentage, fourth in free-throw percentage (.794) and second in blocks (1.6). She was clearly one of the most outstanding players in the Golden State Athletic Conference, proving it as being one of just eight players from the conference to earn All-American first, second or third team honors or an honorable mention.
She also sits in the top 50 in the nation in 10 different statistical categories, including: seventh in offensive rebounds, 13th in total rebounds per game, 14th in total rebounds, 16th in total blocks and 17th in blocks per game.
Despite the outstanding individual accomplishments and clearly outstanding physical talent, Adams is quick to stay humble and recognize the assistance she got from others along the way.
“Coach B has helped me in so many ways. She has helped me understand me as a person and in developing my character,” said Adams. “I give all the credit to her, because nothing positive could come without her coaching and guidance.”
It is a victorious day to see Adams rewarded for all of her hard work and contribution to the Biola women’s basketball program in her four seasons, she will surely be missed.
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